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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Cloyster

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 30, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.75
Limited: 3.25

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Cloyster (XY) 

Today we welcome a Pokémon back to the TCG after a six and a half year absence. Yep, this is the first Cloyster we have seen since Secret Wonders, which was like nine Zekroms ago. That’s a disgraceful way to treat one of the original 151. 

This Cloyster is all about the coin flips, so you should really partner it up with Victory Star Victini LTR (Fliptini). Clamp Crush can inflict Paralysis (easily the best Status Condition) and discard Energy from the defending Pokémon . . . but only if you flip heads. Meanwhile, Spike Cannon gives you no less than FIVE coin flips, doing 30 for each heads, so the potential is there for a lot of damage.

Of course, in competitive play, Cloyster is pretty useless. Even with Fliptini, relying so much on flips is not such a good strategy. The attacks themselves are a touch slow, and Cloyster is a pretty low HP Stage 1 Pokémon with a horrible retreat cost (just to make matters slightly worse). At least he’s not boring though, so if you are playing casually then you could give him a try for some coin-based fun. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (amusing little card but not really any good)

Limited: 3.25 (I would probably give it a shot for a laugh)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Cloyster.
Unlimited 150 review.

Cloyster hasn't had a very good history as a card for one reason: so many coin flips! Almost every Cloyster has focussed on flipping coins, which everyone knows just makes your deck risky and inconsistent.

At first I thought Clamp Crush had one effect on a heads and another on a tails. As it is, it’s just kind of overkill on a heads and totally underwhelming on a tails. Spike Cannon does decent damage with 4-5 heads but other than that you’d be better attacking with something more reliable like Lapras XY or Keldeo (Boundaries Crossed 47).

If you must use Cloyster, the obvious partner for it is Fliptini and the newly revealed Foul Play Coin to retry any poor coin flips.

 

Rating: 2 (too flippy!)

 


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